The Dragonfly with rice plant & water droplets Sculpture

An art installation to curb climate change with urgency by building an Environmental, social and governance sculpture while nourishing the relationship of humanity with nature. We are at the climate tipping point, The challenge is to find ways to limit losses that already we made and the way ahead.

Inspiration:

TATA Group’s incredible story:

From 1868, Tata group is progressively working for billions of people and playing a major role in protecting our planet too. The Dragonfly with rice plant dynamic sculpture represents Art forms of species those are at high risk. The Dragonfly with rice plant sculpture will be the symbol of Tata group’s Excellence in every aspects, will represent values of responsibility, integrity and Pioneering qualities once it is built. The sculpture represents Tata group’s endeavours to conserve plant and animal species, to improve land and water use, and to protect forest tracts and green sanctuaries. Also highlight, how it safeguard shrinking habitats and fragile ecosystems.

Story:

The Dragonfly with rice plant sculpture is a symbol of courage, strength and happiness as dragonflies are often associated with courage, strength and happiness as they indicate the arrival of monsoon.

Dragonflies have been existing and evolving for the last 325 million years. They breed in a clean aquatic ecosystem, therefore, are a reliable indicator of freshwater quality. They have a complex life cycle in which most of it is spent as larvae. They stay in the water for two months to five years, depending on the species and then emerge as adult dragonflies. The adults hardly survive for a few days or a month. Both as larvae and adults, they are the most efficient hunters and agile fliers, catching up to 95% of the prey they pursue. Dragonflies are the bio indicators of fresh water ecosystems. They need clean water for proper development and are very sensitive to pollution and change in temperature. An abundance of dragonflies indicates a healthy ecosystem with good quality water. Dragonflies often visible in pottery, rock paintings, statues and jewellery. Found in tropical and temperate regions. Dragonflies commonly inhabit rice fields and keep the pest population in check. With the drastic change in climate and loss of wetland habitat, dragonflies are vanishing rapidly.

Rice is a staple food crop for over half of the world’s population, providing 30–72% of the energy intake for people in Asian countries, and becoming an effective crop for targeting vitamin deficiencies. Rice provides 20% of the world’s dietary energy supply, while wheat supplies 19% and maize (corn) 5%. Rice is the most important food crop of the developing world and the staple food of more than half of the world’s population. Rich in nutrients and vitamins and minerals, it is an excellent source of complex carbohydrates.

The Green Revolution, or the Third Agricultural Revolution. scientist Norman Borlaug, the “Father of the Green Revolution”, who received the Nobel peace prize in 1970. He is credited with saving over a billion people from starvation. Rice is the symbol of nourishment, health and life. Dreams related to rice indicate well-being. Rice: A cultural symbol since ancient times. rice holds great spiritual and ritual significance as it is a staple of the Indian diet. Because of its basic life-sustaining qualities, rice is revered as a potent symbol of auspiciousness, prosperity and fertility and therefore is used extensively in Hindu rites and rituals. From many centuries, rice is serving as a staple food item to Indian people. This is not only necessary as a food item, but it is also a cultural symbol to us Indians. From ancient times, rice is harvested by the farmers and according to Hindu mythology, rice is a symbol of fertility and good health. That is why when rice is harvested; all the farmers together celebrate and cut the rice as they consider it to be the symbol of wealth and prosperity.

Description:

Since dragonfly skeleton inspired structure can be beneficial in architectural structures for dynamic applications. Factors such as corrugations could aid is reducing wind drag and resistance in high rise sculpture. The physical mechanism of the wing and joints would be helpful in designing moving parts for dynamic structures in this art installation. Steel is used extensively to make the rice plant & the dragonfly as it is versatile and properties like its flexibility, ductility, easy fabrication in different sizes, fire resistance, pest, and insect resistant, moisture and weather resistance will make it a robust outdoor sculpture.  These shapes in both the wings, are filled with distinct handcrafted terracota tiles with motifs of historical monuments, dance forms, flora, fauna showcasing rich cultural heritage and few are filled with prismatic glasses that celebrate different colours of life when it falls on ground (representing equality for all) and few are filled with solar panels that generate electricity to make it a self sufficient sculpture. The expressive dynamic biomimitic art sculpture tales of architectural wonders and engineering marvels of India. Morphology of the dragonfly wing is an optimal natural construction built by a complex patterning process, developed through evolution as a response to force flows and material organisation. The seemingly random variations of quadrangular and polygonal patterns follow multi-hierarchical organizational logics enabling it to alter between rigid and flexible configurations. Fresh water drops are made with glass balls as it is falling from these beautiful rice plant at the arrival of monsoon rain.

About Vari Studios: Pencil For Change

We are a group of architects and designers encouraging sustainable living through our multiple initiatives (sustainable fashion, lifestyle, sustainable architecture, low carbon educational toys, sustainable footwear, sustainable healthcare, zero waste management, manufacturing facilities).

Pattnaik Ompriya Mohanty

Founder

www.pencilforchange.com

9711320305 (India)

7788209665 (UK)

Bhubaneswar, New Delhi (India), Farnham Royal (UK)

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Registration code: IN73650 & IN46885

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